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August 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Citizens fear the police
The story never ends. Seattle police officers using aggressive behavior, placing citizens’ lives in great danger. [“Off-duty officer exonerated in alleyway confrontation,” NW Thursday, Aug. 1.]
In the past few years, we’ve seen innocent people killed, paralyzed and often bullied under the guise of protecting our citizens. People here are afraid of the police. Think about that.
In Thursday’s paper I read the story of an off-duty police officer momentarily delayed by a double-parked van in an alleyway, once again aggressively handling the situation — in this case, confronting the driver and breaking the mirror on his van.
The judge rules in the officer’s favor though, as he states the driver of this van “escalated” the situation by brandishing a baseball bat in reaction to this officer’s confrontation.
Perhaps he (or any of us) might have made threatening gestures at this manic guy who appeared out of nowhere, yelling at him and damaging his van? Then, the van driver sees this person, who he does not realize is a Seattle police officer, point a handgun at him.
Incredible. I am afraid.
David Simpson, Seattle
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